MSc in IC Design Engineering

MSc in IC Design Engineering
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IC Design Engineering
Specifically tailored to train IC design engineers, this program is designed for professionals and students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science who are interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge in microelectronic engineering, or upgrade their knowledge in IC design engineering.


Students are required to complete a total of 26 credits of courses, including 4 credits of MSc Project.  Subject to prior approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits of courses offered by other MSc programs.  For details, please refer to the Postgraduate Program Catalog & Course Catalog

Admission and English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering or Engineering/ Physical Sciences, with second class honors or higher, or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university or tertiary institution. For English Proficiency Requirements, please refer to HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School.

Program Fee

The nominal program fee for full-time study (face-to-face mode) is HK$192,500 (paid in 2 installments) and part-time study (face-to-face mode) is HK$168,300 (paid in 4 installments) respectively.  


All applications are considered on a competitive and rolling basis. Early online application is strongly recommended. For admission details and procedures, please refer to HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School

For 2024/25 Fall intake (September 2024):

Application Deadline

Round 1

(face-to-face mode)

Round 2

(face-to-face mode)

Local Applicants 1 December 2023 1 April 2024
Non-local Applicants 1 December 2023 1 April 2024


Career Prospect

This program enables students to take up technically challenging positions in the IC related field as well as other highly intellectual and management positions.  Some students also found their startup companies after graduation.   

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Student Sharing
Studying ICDE program at HKUST left me with many good memories. I experienced a very busy life, the knowledge I learned this year successfully equipped me to be a qualified chip designer.
LI Shaoxuan
(Mainland China)
After studying the IC design program, I come to know how the semiconductor industry works and how chips are designed and fabricated. My message to future students is that if they are willing to design chips, HKUST is a very good place.
ALI Hassan
The time of my study in IC Design Engineering program at HKUST is an important part of my life journey. The professors of the program have diverse knowledge, rich research and industry experience. They gave me motivation, taught me the knowledge and how to learn efficiently.
BAO Heng
(Mainland China)
Our Instructors
Prof. Mansun CHAN, the Program Director of MSc in IC Design Engineering, received the 2022 Academic Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding performance in the area of emerging semiconductor devices and the contribution to innovative industrial applications from the Taiwan Association for Academic Innovation (TAAI).